Facts About The Rapist at Tennessee

brandon nealCorrespondent IMay 15, 2009

KNOXVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 25:  Quarterback Nick Stephens #17 of the Tennessee Volunteers passes the ball during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Neyland Stadium on October 25, 2008 in Knoxville, Tennessee. Alabama defeated Tennessee 29-9. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

I know that this story is getting old. However, the more and more I read, the more and more I feel people should know.

This is not a debate about whether or not Tennessee is right or wrong. After reading the Tennessee point of view and the rest of the worlds point of view I have to say both points of views are correct. 

After all that I've read about this story my feeling are this. If you want to give a player who has that kids history a second chance there's nothing wrong with that, but, the other side of the coin is, there's nothing wrong with a university who doesn't feel that they should risk the integrity of their university by signing a rapist.

Now, again, it depends on who it is that wrote the story your reading. If it's from a Tennessee fan, you might think that this kid was just an innocent bystander in all of this. You would think that the only thing he did wrong was to not go get help. 

Here are some straight forward facts.

This crime occurred at this kid's home. In fact, his father who had no idea what was happening, was in the next room. This young man did not just witness this crime like some suggest. This young man was present the entire time. Not just standing around. He participated by holding his own cousin down while she was raped.

He did however, leave the bedroom to get duct tape to tie her up with. He also later left the bedroom where his cousin was being raped so that he could fetch a plunger from the bathroom that was used in the raping of his own cousin. Now, to me, he could have very have called the police. Or even less, walk a few feet away and tell his dad.

Now people have a chance to form a little bit more accurate of an opinion based on far more accurate facts.

I'm not here to say anybody is right or wrong, but I will say this kid would not be on my team.